Cua Lo Beach
It’s pleasant enough, with white sand, clean water and a shady grove of pine trees – but the concrete, karaoke, massage parlours and litter won’t suit many travellers. Nevertheless, if you have time to kill, come for a cooling dip and a seafood lunch at one of the beach restaurants.
Ho Chi Minh’s birthplace in Hoang Tru, and the village of Kim Lien, where he spent some of his formative years, are 14km northwest of Vinh. For all that these are popular pilgrimage spots for the party faithful, there’s little to see other than recreated houses of bamboo and palm leaves, dressed (barely) with a few pieces of furniture.
Street food options include the Central Market; pho bo food stalls (beef noodle soup; Ð Phan Dinh Phung); bun bo Hue food stalls (Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup; off Ð Dinh Cong Trang); and pho ga food stalls (chicken noodle soup; Ð Ho Sy Doung).